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Experimental drug could thwart measles outbreaks

A new antiviral drug may provide an effective way to treat measles in those who have not been vaccinated. When tested in an oral form in animals infected with a similar version of the measles virus, the experimental drug not only prevented animals from dying of the disease, but it significantly reduced virus levels. Developed by scientists from the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University, the Emory...

Good vibrations: Using light-heated water to deliv...

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, in collaboration with materials scientists, engineers and neurobiologists, have discovered a new mechanism for using light to activate drug-delivering nanoparticles and other targeted therapeutic substances inside the body. This discovery represents a major innovation, said Adah Almutairi, PhD, associate professor...

Nano-paper filter removes viruses

Nanotechnology and Functional Materials, Uppsala University have developed a paper filter, which can remove virus particles with the efficiency matching that of the best industrial virus filters. The paper filter consists of 100 percent high purity cellulose nanofibers, directly derived from nature. The research was carried out in collaboration with virologists from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences/Swedish...

Caffeine-based compound targets tau deposits in Al...

German and French researchers have found a key clue in how caffeine may work to protect the brain against the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease. In a two-year study, investigators from the University of Bonn and the University of Lille found that caffeine has a positive effect on tau deposits–clumps of tau proteins that form neurofibrillary tangles, causing disruptions in nerve cell communication and...

Illuminate key structure in heart cells

After a decade of debate, scientists have a clear picture of a controversial protein that helps regulate heart contractions. Brandeis University researchers have unlocked a controversial structure in heart cells responsible for regulating heart contractions. For years, scientists have debated how many KCNE1 proteins are required to build a potassium ion channel, theorizing anywhere between one and 14. Now, Brandeis University...

GlaxoSmithKline joins a $115M antibiotics developm...

Resistance to antibacterials is fast becoming one of the most urgent public health problems, especially since the pipeline for new antibiotics largely has dried up after Big Pharma’s retreat from the field in recent years. To help combat growing antimicrobial resistance, more than 30 European universities, research institutions and drug companies are joining together to launch a 6-year, €85 million ($115.5 million)...
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